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Robert (Bob/Stubby) Louis Stabile

Robert (Bob/Stubby) Louis Stabile, G.M.G.C. retired, U.S.N., 93, left for his last tour of duty to be with the Lord on Friday, December 2, 2011. He was born in Carnegie, Pa., February 24,1918. He joined the Navy in 1936 and retired in 1956. He served aboard his beloved battleship the U.S.S. Idaho from 1936 to 1942. He married Margaret Ann Ried, February 27, 1941. They spent 64 years together, setting an incredible example for their family to learn values, loyalty and having fun doing it. Margaret proceeded Bob in passing on December 23, 2005.

Two days after he retired from the Navy, Bob went to work for Rohr Aircraft in Chula Vista, Calif., as a maintenance engineer. He retired from Rohr in 1982, moving with Marge to Medford, Ore., to be close to their daughter, Loni Ellis, and her husband, Lloyd Governor, and their children.

Bob has three grandsons, Thomas Richard (Tonya) Ellis, Trevor Ryan (Tricia) Ellis and Travis Reed (Chloe) Ellis. Granddad and Grandma Stabile's sun rose and set on their beloved great grandchildren, Taylor, Tanner, Rilee, Alex, Nathan, Krystina, Jakob and DJ Ellis; other wise known as The Ellis Factor. They spent hours babysitting, picking them up from school, taking them on RV trips and to Bear Creek Park. There wasn't a child that they ever met that they didn't fall in love with.

After Marge's passing, Dad lived in their home two years. He came to Loni and Lloyd's ranch one day and said, Here's the keys to the house, do you want to come see my new apartment. He'd found a new home at Fountain Plaza. He made wonderful friends, Melissa, and a great group of lady and guy friends. His very special friend was Jack Marron. They told stories, argued sports and developed a special bond over breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dad wanted to be cremated and have half of his ashes sprinkled on the mountain of the 72 with Mom and have the other half of his ashes mixed with Mom's and buried in the family plot in the Jacksonville Cemetery in Jacksonville, Ore. We will have a simple memorial at the ranch at a later date in which the Navy will participate. We all loved Dad so much and we know we will be together again. We firmly believe he and Mom are Jitterbugging to Glenn Miller and giggling as I write this. Dad is okay and happy. His last word was arrivederci. He taught us Sempre Famiglia meaning forever family.

Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives are taking care of the arrangements.